Saturday, 17 January 2015


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A book or series of books does not get to be called supernatural or fantasy just because it has a werewolf in it. It does not mean it's a good book just because it made the shelf or is/was a bestseller. I take this genre of books very seriously. it so happens to be the genre I read most of and tend to enjoy most, yet there are the few that slip up. Similarly, I take my reading in general with a pinch of salt and plots get deep respect. If the book grips me from the beginning it's a good start. if it grips me the whole way through (bonus) we have found a winner. I think it would be fair to say I became obbsessed with this series about two thirds through the first book. Obbsessed, like, I read the characters biographies and didn't even put the book down to go to the toilet and finished the series within three weeks. That kind of obbsessed. I think I am just short of 8 years late to jump on this bandwagon. The first book in the series was published in 2007 and the last was published in 2014 but I started reading the series in 2013. Does that make it only 6 years late?

I loved the balance between romance and adventure. It was equally tense as it was exciting and happy and sad. This book is advertised as adult fantasy. I'm editing there. Insert that this book is so filled with adult context - families broken, world domination, darkness. Dude, this stuff is something serious. 

This book series played the biggest role in my 2014-self's life; in the form of too many hours fangirling (I google-imaged all the characters), reading the books one after the other consecutively. How very ABSOLUTELY AMAZING these books happen to be. Let's take a brief moment to relive the saga.

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1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
3. City of Glass
4. City of Fallen Angels
5. City of Lost Souls
6. City of Heavenly Fire

Book 1: We meet the incredably small Clary who I imagined to be really freckly and ordinary-looking and turned out to be played by Lily Collins, so I don't know who decided on that major casting slip-up but I guess it worked out (Lily does a great job and looks not too small and very pretty). Then we meet Jace whom I spent more than a fortnight Googling. And Simon the sidekick who everyone seems to root for. Everyone roots for the sidekick but everyone loves themselves a bit of Jace, or Harry, or Gale. Not Peeta. Then along come Isabelle (described as the incredebly sassy, beautiful, strong lady woman) and Alec (gay, rude, loyal, second sidekick) - brother and sister. The main quintuplet is complete.

Clary witnesses a demon being killed and later discovers that she is part of a angel-human race called Shadowhunters, whos aim is to protect mundanes (humans) from demons who try to enter the earth from other dimensions. Somewhere in there she falls in love with Jace and more importantly, guys and dudes, we learn that the way to a girls heart is not through flowers, but through fighting off a raging demon hoard. Take note. 

Book 2-5: These next books are an amalgamation of Jace and Clary's relationship being in super hot-stuff way-over-PG-rating mode and off so bad you want to cry. Simon becomes less of a sidekick and more of a hero. New equally main character are introduced, equal in sass, equal in charm. The quintuplet continue on their ongoing mission to save the world completely. At first we are given the impression that Valentine is the enemy of the book though he plays a very small role in the later novels.

Book 6: This is the real climax. The Mortal Instruments and Dark Cup are being used to kill people yet keep only their physical bodies alove to bring them over to the dark side. Serious stuff guys. Ranks of these Endarkened grow larger and their armies begin to take over the world, letting in demons and tearing apart the families we grow to know. Characters are killed off and Jace loses some of his arrogance and mask. So many relationships reach the ultimate stages. 

This would be the part where I tell you even more about why you should love this series and why you should be reading it and where to go buy it, but I know you already do and I know you already are. 

1 comment:

  1. This series sounds great! I'm eager to read it:)

    MollyRosr, x x x「」